Gavin Reedy

Gavin's diary – June 2010 

Mauri ora ki a koutou katoa.

Ko tēnei te mihi ki a Rhonda Paku, kua hunuku haere a Rhonda ki te tīma Mātauranga Māori hei pou mā rātou. Mō ngā tau e toru, i mahi tahi māua ko Rhonda i te tari o National Services te Paerangi. Ko Kylie Ngaropo te Pou o te Tari Māori o National Services ināianei. Nō reira, nau mai, haere mai Kylie ki tō mātou nei taha, mahi ai.

Since my last diary in the March e-newsletter, it’s been business as usual. We have held three workshops: two digital photography workshops, and a paper conservation workshop for iwi. I’ve been out in the field visiting iwi and marae around Aotearoa providing advice and support where needed. I also attended the Museums Aotearoa 2010 Conference in New Plymouth in April.

Group of Digital photography and paper conservation workshop participants in front of Ōmāio MaraeBeautiful Ōmāio Marae, nestled in the eastern Bay of Plenty, was the first venue for our Digital photography and paper conservation workshop held in March 2010. The workshop was held over two days and was tutored by Michael Hall, Te Papa photographer, and Vicki-Anne Heikell, a Te Papa paper conservator. The workshop was an opportunity to provide support and practical training to the whānau there. This was also a special workshop for Vicki-Anne who descends from Te Whānau-a-Apanui in the Te Kaha area.

It was interesting listening to the whānau discuss the diverse projects that Te Whānau-a-Apanui are undertaking, and to identify areas where the National Services Te Paerangi (NSTP) team is able to contribute towards their cultural and heritage goals. Thanks to Rikirangi Gage and the whānau.

At the end of April, Kylie Ngaropo (our new Manager, Iwi Development), Judith Taylor (our South Island Museum Development Officer) and I went to Te Āwhina Marae in Motueka, the rohe of Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Rārua iwi, for our next digital photography workshop, tutored by Kate Whitley, photographer from Te Papa. The workshop was well attended by local iwi and staff from museums in Motueka and Nelson.

This is the first time we have run a digital photography workshop over a two-day period and we found it provided more time to focus on technical and practical teaching aspects. It also enabled participants more one-on-one time with the presenter. Evaluations from previous workshops prompted the change and it has been received very positively. Thanks to Joy Sharrock, Fiona Stealey, and Te Āwhina Marae whānau for hosting us.

In April, members of the NSTP team attended the Museums Aotearoa 2010 Conference in New Plymouth. This conference is an opportunity to learn about museum-related kaupapa happening nationally and internationally. It’s a chance to share information about how we can improve the way we do things in our museums, and the way we work with iwi and communities to better care for, manage, and celebrate our taonga. 

A Kaitiaki Hui day is set aside specifically at the Conference as an opportunity for Māori working in museums and iwi representatives who are kaitiaki of taonga to come together to share information and discuss current issues, developments, and opportunities related to the care and management of taonga. This year it was held at Owae Marae. It was a time to raise and discuss ideas, and support each other in the work that we do around the country. The impressive line up of keynote speakers included Dr Monty Soutar, who spoke about the 28th Māori Battalion Collection and Tairawhiti Museum; Dr Wayne Ngata, who spoke about  Advocacy For Tribal Centres; and Awhina Tamarapa who spoke about Building Relationships – Te Papa Cloak Book publication.

There was lively discussion and debate on varied kaupapa, including intellectual copyright, training, local histories, and cultural updates. It was noted that we need to encourage more Māori to attend these important hui, and I’ll take the opportunity here to say to whānau – have a look at NSTP’s Helping Hands Grant, which might be able to support you to attend in future. It was great to have some of the whānau from Owae Marae there with us during the day, and I encourage you to think about joining us next year.

This year’s conference hosted a small team of Inuit from the Inuit Heritage Trust (IHT) in Canada. The IHT is dedicated to the preservation, enrichment and protection of Inuit heritage and identity embodied in Nunavut’s archaeological sites, ethnographic resources, and traditional place names. It was a great time to learn from them, and share with them the things we are doing here in Aotearoa. More specifically, we were able to tell them about the programmes and workshops that NSTP delivers to iwi, and how it works strategically with other sector partners to do this. We were able to host the Inuit whānau for a day at Te Papa after the conference to talk more. He mihi nui teenei ki a raatou.

Participants of the ATTTO Māori in Museums training course at the New Zealand Air Force MuseumLast week Kylie Ngaropo and I visited Christchurch. Between us, our time included meeting with Ngai Tahu and runanga to talk about training needs and support opportunities, an observation of a bicultural peer review of a museum, and attendance at a Māori in Museums ATTTO training course, which was tutored by Puamiria Goodall at the New Zealand Airforce Museum. Big thanks to Tania Nutira, Vicki Ratana and the staff at the Ngai Tahu offices, Puamiria Goodall and the staff at the New Zealand Airforce Museum.

Tips and tales

At workshops and hui that we attend there’s usually a discussion about intellectual property rights and copyright. One marae we visited has a sign out the front warning that no photographs be taken within the marae. This helps prevent instances of marae taonga images being used inappropriately on things such as calenders and posters here in New Zealand and internationally. It’s timely this issue is being discussed, and the Ministry of Economic Development, Manatu Ōhanga has put out a resource to help increase awareness of this issue.

That’s me for now whanau.

Image 1: Group of Digital photography and paper conservation workshop participants in front of Ōmāio Marae
Image 2: Group of ATTTO Māori in museums workshop participants at the New Zealand Airforce Museum

Contact Gavin on 029 601 0440 or email gavinr@tepapa.govt.nz